Betty Harrison was born in 1950 near Wigan in the industrial North West of England subsequently moving to nearby St Helens where she eventually did a Pre-dip course in the late sixties. Her art education was put on hold, but after moving to Cheltenham, where she still lives, she gained a BA Hons in Fine Art at the university of Gloucestershire in 2007. During her second year, she was awarded the Summerfield Scholarship to study at the British School of Rome. After a near sell-out degree show she continues to paint in her studio in Cheltenham.
Betty’s work has been exhibited and sold at several galleries, in particular Hadfield Fine Art in Gloucestershire www.hadfieldfineart.co.uk with whom her work has also appeared at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol. Other galleries in London, Bristol, Cirencester, Burford and Totnes have also shown her work. She has also had work in the Royal West of England Academy’s Autumn Open Exhibition since 2010. Her work is in many private collections and she has completed several commissions.
‘My paintings are mostly inspired by my love of the British landscape and in particular the subtle hues of autumn and winter. Mist shrouded beaches and snow clad fields and hillsides, mysterious forests and abandoned buildings in town or country all hold a fascination for me. My northern upbringing and my ancestry in the Orkney Islands of Scotland are perhaps the reasons why I am drawn to the understated sublimity of these shores. Some of my more recent work is also concerned with the depiction of animals and people in these landscapes.’